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Attack on Asian American man in LA's Koreatown being investigated as a hate crime

February 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A 27-year-old Korean American man says he was physically assaulted in the heart of Los Angeles' Koreatown this month in an incident that police say they're investigating as a hate crime.

(CNN)A 27-year-old Korean American man says he was physically assaulted in the heart of Los Angeles' Koreatown this month in an incident that police say they're investigating as a hate crime.

The LAPD's statement did not name Kim, but said two suspects approached the victim at about 8:40 p. m. local time, "yelled racial slurs" and "then struck him in the face" before fleeing the scene.

"This guy saved my life, if it weren't for him I don't know what would have happened," Kim said, referring to Cha.

Kim said he did not immediately report the incident because he feared for his life.

"For a couple of days, I did not want to report this to the police because I remember those guys telling me that they're going to kill me," Kim said.

Kim eventually decided to file a police report after encouragement from a woman he met at a rally to spread awareness for Asian hate crimes.

About 245 incidents in Los Angeles County were reported from March 19 to October 28 to the Stop AAPI Hate website, he said, meaning "245 people figured out how to get to this website and have figured out how to report it. "

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